The bay of Portobello was 'discovered' by Christopher Columbus on Nov. 2nd, 1502 during his 4th trip to Central America. The striking beauty of the sleepy little cove, with its' 15th century Spanish fortress ruins, gives the town its' name; 'Bello'! Pirates have descended on this tiny village on the Spanish Main numerous times over the years. Most notably by Francis Drake, and the notorious British privateer, Henry Morgan. Henry snuck up on the garrison stationed at the fort and sacked the town for gold, carting the loot back to Britain in the 1500's. All that remains are the picturesque, rugged stone walls and turrets, looking out on the now serene Atlantic waters. The pirate flag still flies at Jack's Bar, a local cruiser and backpacker hangout. The only remnant of Henry Morgan is a potent bottle of amber rum I spied behind the bar.